Sellers Home Rocking Chair: Episode 4

Rocking Chair Episode 4 KF

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The bent slats for the back support make the chair incredibly comfortable, so in this episode, we make the former that allows us to create the ‘S’ shaped slats. Paul walks you through the steps, from creating the hand-made slats all the way through to ‘inline’ tenon cutting and fitting on curved pieces.



  1. Ray51 on 3 March 2021 at 4:35 pm


  2. Ian Hemphill on 3 March 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Such fun to watch, Paul, thanks!
    Very inspirational – off to the shop now.

  3. Tom Hicks on 3 March 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Absolutely amazing!

  4. Axel Meier on 3 March 2021 at 5:27 pm

    So much joy to watch, even more joy to make. Just marvellous videos! Thank you Paul and team for this very much enjoyable education.

  5. James Foy on 3 March 2021 at 11:19 pm

    What a great watch that was Paul & Team, thank you. Regards Jim.

  6. Philip Johnson on 4 March 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Certainly a pleasure to watch, and by making the slats with the thin strips does reduce the waste that would occur by cutting them as shaped pieces and as Paul said very strong. A very worthwhile lesson.
    Thanks to Paul and team

  7. Tom Wright on 5 March 2021 at 2:19 am

    Informative, great videography and music. Highlight to look forward to every week. Thanks Paul & Team!

  8. dunnison on 5 March 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Do you plane the faces of the laminations after they are band-sawn, prior to glue up?

    • Izzy Berger on 14 April 2021 at 9:28 am


      Paul says: On some I did, but that was to true-up. I then used a saw plate at a tangent to roughen the surfaces for keying a better gluin meet.


  9. Barry B on 8 March 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I’m curious about that also. did you use the Paul Sellers thicknessing jig to get the 1/8” thickness or run them thru a planer, or ….?
    That step would have been useful to see.



    • Izzy Berger on 22 April 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Barry,

      Paul says:
      I think that it was well explained and shown. I showed roping on the bandsaw and then simply planing two faces on the benchtop with a bench plane. All of the components came from rough stock and were rough sized on the bandsaw and then planed freehand as might be expected by the audience.


  10. joeleonetti on 8 March 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Paul,
    Brilliant work. I’ve seen you use the bent laminations a few times now and feel comfortable with the technique. I’m curious about steam bending instead of lamination. Do you every steam bend? What would make you choose one method over the another? Many thanks.

    • Izzy Berger on 22 April 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Joe,

      Paul says:

      I would not steam bend generally because it forces water into the wood so it is then wet and swollen. Laminated is stronger and the wood is good to go from the point that the glue is dried in the lamination.


  11. Jay Zumwalt on 7 July 2021 at 2:26 am

    Nicely done!!! That cherry looks amazing!!!!

  12. Martin Robinson on 14 December 2021 at 9:19 am

    Paul, your drawing cutting list shows 28 strips of 5mm thickness each – so 4 strips of 5mm for each of the 7 seven slats. Your video however shows 5 strips being glued together.

    Which is preferable? 4 strips of 5mm or 5 strips of 4mm? Both would produce 20mm total thickness. Using 4 strips would create less waste, but using 5 thinner strips uses more glue, but might perhaps be easier to clamp up as it would be more flexible. I’m using Oak.

    Also – any tips/tricks on how to secure these long thin strips so they can be planed? They are too thin to hold in a vice, and clamp(s) would get in the way. I will be ripping them off stock using a bandsaw, but I think it would be good to plane off at least the worst of the saw marks before gluing?


    • Katrina Sellers on 16 December 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Martin, The drawings are based upon Paul’s original drawings. It may have been that when he made the chair he realised that 4 strips would be too thin and added an extra strip. You could do the same.

      Clamping at one end and planing away from the clamp as much as possible.

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